Scenes of honey hunting dating back 6,000 years appear in the Cave of Spiders, near Valencia, Spain. In ancient Greece, stone artists such as Phidias, Callicrates and Myrmecides enjoyed the technical challenge of creating tiny insects in sculpture. During the Middle Ages, monks faithfully copied documents and adorned them with naturalistic figures of plants and insects. Insects also appeared as heraldic symbols on clothing and armour in medieval Europe. In medieval Japan, though, the depiction of insects on family crests reached an artistic height in simplicity, balance and aesthetic quality.
Posted on December 20, 2009 by Erika Lenz